UK: Token gestures left Cameron caught in gender trap. Yes Scotland: women, young shifting to independence. Clegg refuses ‘diversity training’.

Labour candidate for Monmouth could come from all-woman shortlist South Wales Argus All-women shortlists aim to boost the representation of women in the House of Commons and other bodies where they are used. Such a list was imposed on Blaenau Gwent for the 2005 elections – a move for which the Labour Party later apologised – but this …

Tom Richmond: Token gestures have left David Cameron caught in gender trap Yorkshire Post Female cabinet members – Home Secretary Theresa May being the only exception – have been increasingly marginalised while Cameron lost his composure at PMQs when he told a Labour front bencher to “calm down dear”. Now, as Cameron contemplates a summer reshuffle in yet another attempt to energise his faltering top team, familiar faces are said to be in the firing line and they all have one thing in common – they are all female.

TELLING: Nicola Sturgeon talks to pupils aged 16 and 17 from James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh about extending the referendum franchise to their age group. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Yes Scotland says women and young shifting to independence Herald Scotland But recent polls suggested the task remains considerable. Last month, an Ipsos MORI poll had support among women for independence at only 23%, down by five points on February, despite a concerted effort by the SNP to woo women voters with promises …

Why do more women want to bed Nigel Farage over David Cameron? Telegraph.co.uk …Now I’ve made you feel sufficiently nauseous, lets move on to the matter at hand. According to a survey by ashleymadison.com (apparently ‘the world’s leading dating site for married folk’ ), trying to ascertain which of our political elite are the most attractive, discovered that 39.1 per cent of unfaithful women (ie women who are already surfing this website looking for a bit of extracurricular) would have an extra-marital affair with Nick Clegg. I’ll translate: they’d pick him out of all our main party leaders, if forced, under duress to shag one of them next time their husband’s on a business trip to Pontefract.

Nick Clegg refuses to go for ‘diversity training’ despite Lord Rennard criticism Telegraph.co.uk To help improve the party’s practices, Helena Morrissey, a City executive and champion of women in the workplace, advised him to provide courses for Liberal Democrat volunteers and MPs as a “priority” to help them learn about equality. However, Mr …

Nick Clegg refuses to confirm he will take diversity training The Guardian A series of recommendations in the report, by businesswoman Helena Morrissey, included “ensur[ing] that there is diversity training provided to men as well as women”. Clegg was asked five times by radio host Nick Ferrari on his weekly phone-in show on …

Lord Rennard sex scandal: why have no heads rolled? Telegraph.co.uk When the businesswoman Helena Morrissey published her report – ordered in the wake of the Rennard scandal – into how the Liberal Democrats dealt with sexual harassment complaints, the party leader had this to say:“It makes sobering reading. It shows …

Liberal Democrat Women reacts to Morrissey report Liberal Democrat Voice The three acting c0-chairs of Liberal Democrat Women, Dinti Batstone, Tam Langley and Miranda Whitehead have issued a statement on behalf of the organisation giving their reaction to Helena Morrissey’s report on processes and culture within the Liberal …

MP Paul Burstow admits ‘lapse of judgement’ in Lord Rennard sex scandal Your Local Guardian Four women in the Liberal Democrats claim Lord Rennnard sexually harassed them in 2007. Following the claims, which came to light earlier this year, business woman Helena Morrissey was asked to conduct a full review into the way the allegations were …

Former Liberal Democrat comms chief criticised in Morrissey Report PRWeek UK Former Liberal Democrat head of comms Jonny Oates has come in for criticism in the independent report into the party’s handling of sexual harassment complaints. Lib Dem chief of staff: Jonny Oates. Oates, who is currently chief of staff for the party …

Nick Clegg was questioned yesterday about the Lib Dem report into the Lord Rennard controversy on LBC. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Liberal Democrats: no more excuses The Guardian Thus Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, reacting yesterday in a radio interview to Helena Morrissey’s report on attitudes to women at the top of his party. Mr Clegg could hardly say any less, given the embarrassment over the party’s handling of …

What a Carry On from Nick Clegg Express.co.uk If the leader of the Liberal Democrats, of all people, won’t sign up to a course trying to help men in the workplace stop acting like dinosaurs, what hope have we women? What this “warts-and-all” report has revealed is that at the heart of the Liberal …

Why the Lib Dem harassment row is especially heinous The Guardian The Lib Dems have far fewer women, in percentage terms, than any of the other major parties – currently there are seven women MPs, 12.5% of their total. They have no ethnic minority MPs. And as for the party’s attitude, at grassroots level, to sexual …

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard questioned by police over claims he … Daily Mail Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard was questioned by police yesterday over a ‘torrent’ of claims that he harassed and indecently assaulted women. The party’s chief executive was questioned under caution for several hours over allegations he molested …

Lib Dems ‘ Lord Rennard Quizzed by Police Over Sexual Harassment Claims IBTimes.co.uk The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been questioned under caution by police investigating allegations of sexual harassment against women party activists. A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 52-year-old man had attended a south London police …

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard interviewed under caution over sexual … The Independent The senior Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been interviewed by police under caution over allegations he sexually harassed female party activists. Scotland Yard began initial assessments to discover if any criminal activity had taken place in …

Timelime of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations Telegraph.co.uk Spring 2008 Jo Swinson informs Danny Alexander, then Nick Clegg’s chief of staff and now a Treasury minister, about the allegations without mentioning the women’s names. Mr Alexander raised the matter with Nick Clegg and Paul Burstow. Summer 2008 …

Lib Dem’s Rennard Questioned Over Sex Claims Sky News Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been interviewed by police over claims he sexually harassed female party activists. A Scotland Yard spokesman said a 52-year-old man had voluntarily attended a south London police station by appointment today.

Party activist fails to halt ‘men only’ contest to stand in Hove for Labour Brighton and Hove News Greg Hadfield, formerly the party’s agent in the Brighton Pavilion constituency, urged Labour to suspend the process so that the shortlist could include at least two women in line with party rules. His plea was rejected and the selection is scheduled …

NICK CLEGG BLASTED FOR SEX COVER-UP Daily Star HUMILIATED Nick Clegg was attacked yesterday for failing to properly investigate the “Lord Grope” sex harassment claims. … He said “women had been let down” after a damning report revealed several “missed opportunities” to launch a formal probe.

Clegg ‘failure’ over sexual harrassment allegations Scotsman LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg and two senior Scottish MPs – Danny Alexander and Jo Swinson – failed women in the party by making mistakes in not formally investigating allegations of sexual harassment, an investigation has found. The report was …

Nick Clegg admits mistakes for 20 years over Lib Dem handling of sex … Telegraph.co.uk However, it does say that Mr Clegg was fully aware that allegations of inappropriate behaviour had been made against the then-chief executive in 2008. It also discloses that Lord Rennard was spoken to about his behaviour towards women at least “two or …

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